Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bryce Hiking Weekend — REI Signature Camping

I think my husband is going to regret inviting me on a hiking weekend in Bryce Canyon National Park with REI at one of their new Signature Campsites. Let's just say, from now on I'm going to expect a cold, scented towel and iced lemonade after all hikes. 

I've experienced Bryce Canyon before, but never like this and especially not in a tent setup large enough for a closet, mirror and nightstand. The campsite is impressive with its spacious tents and wooden platforms. Did I mention they deliver French press coffee to your tent every morning? 

While REI brings together all the comfort and style a camper could want, it's the beauty of Bryce Canyon that steals the show. Hikes in Bryce wind through incredible landscapes of red rock and hoodoos — tall, skinny spires of rock. The slot canyons of Escalante are sandstone playgrounds, filled with plenty of challenges. This place is amazing!

Not only did our weekend in Utah give us a much-needed break from the Phoenix heat, it gave my outdoors-loving husband a glimpse into our future as campers. I'd like to thank REI for that.

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography
Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon National Park. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp and Eno hammocks. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Hiking in Bryce. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Geoff turns 50. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Campfire. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp details. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

French press coffee in the morning. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Outdoor kitchen. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Trails and gourmet meals. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Outdoor kitchen. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail & Kodachrome S.P. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Geoff and Jane. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Slot canyons in Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Guiding in Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography


Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail & Escalante. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography 
Bryce Canyon Signature Camp. 2013. Bryce Canyon, Utah. ©Jill Richards Photography

8 comments:

  1. These pictures look amazing. Awesome Job Jill!! I want to go there :)

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  2. french press delivered to your door?!?!

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  3. Serious wow! This looks amazing. Going here is definitely on my wishlist.

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  4. Great pictures. Any information regarding the tents and how to stay there and the costs?

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    1. Hello Richard,

      The tents are REI's Base Camp 6 tents. You can find them at http://tinyurl.com/lghbogn. The trip information can be found at http://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/weekend/bryce-hiking-weekend-rei-signature-camping.html.

      Cheers.

      Jill

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  5. @Richard: here's more info on the REI website (this is for the Zion/Bryce combination package)
    http://www.rei.com/adventures/trips/namer/zion-bryce-hiking-rei-signature-camping.html

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  6. Hi Jill,

    I'm a REI Bryce/Zion alumni & photographer too. You did an awesome job capturing what it's like to be on that trip. Way to go and thanks for sharing!

    Danielle

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  7. Hi Jill! Thank you for posting your experience about Bryce Canyon. My visit to Bryce Canyon was an experience of a lifetime. I was able to witness the beauty Mother Nature beyond words. It was a perfect photography venue. Thank you for sharing your images. I would like to personally suggest a website which captures amazing fine art photos of Bryce Canyon and several national parks in the country.

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